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Type Member events
Date and Times Thursday 14 October | 6.30pm-8pm
Prices Free | Members only
National Maritime Museum → Ground floor → Lecture Theatre

Join maritime historian Nigel Pickford as he explores the sinking of the Gloucester in 1682, the most controversial and significant shipwreck of the 17th century. Many blamed James, Duke of York, the future James II, for the catastrophe, but it was the pilot who ended up in the Marshalsea.

In this lecture, learn more about the full drama and tragic consequences of a shipwreck that shook Restoration Britain, and why Samuel Pepys, although invited to sail that day, was not on the ill-fated voyage. Pepys blamed almost every one for the disaster; however, he had some awkward questions to answer too...

The tragedy forms the subject of Pickford's latest book Samuel Pepys and the Strange Wrecking of the GloucesterThe lecture will be followed by a book signing.

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If you can't make it to Greenwich, we'll be livestreaming the event.

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